Sunday, August 7, 2016

Brave Miley edged out of Medals

" I knew she was coming back but I had nothing left. I gave it everything I had." Hannah Miley

There were no medals for GBR on the opening day of the swimming competition in Rio, but it could hardly have been any closer with Hannah Miley just missing out on her Olympic dream, finishing 4th in the final of the 400m IM.

As per the form book Katinka Hosszu of Hungary dominated the race, smashing the world record on her way to gold in 4:26.36. Maya Dirado of USA won silver in 4:31.15 but the main race was for the bronze medal.

Miley (Garioch ASC) made her charge during the breaststroke leg and moved up through the field to 3rd place. With only around 25m to go, Mireia Belmonte of Spain started her charge. It went right down to the touch and it was Belmonte who came home for bronze in 4:32.39, just 0.15 ahead of Miley who finished in 4:32.54.

Speaking to the BBC’s Sharron Davies after the race Miley said,

“I could see her (Belmonte) every time I put my head down. I knew she was coming back but I had nothing left. I gave it everything I had.

“I’ve mixed emotions. I’m so happy I did better than I did in the heats, so much better than I did in London, but I’m also disappointed as it was so close, I was so close to getting it.

“I’ve enjoyed this season; I’ve almost reinvented myself and taken ownership of what I do. And I do it not because I have to; I do it because I love my sport.”

Ross Murdoch also left the pool disappointed having finished his semi-final of the 100m breaststroke in 6th place with a time of 60.05. The University of Stirling described his performance as “pretty rough” and told the BBC he would go back, review the race and look at what went wrong.

Adam Peaty (City of Derby) will be the man to beat tomorrow. Having broken the world record in the heats he is fastest qualifier going into the final.

Other Brits in action were Max Litchfield (City of Sheffield) who finished 4th in his 400m IM final and James Guy (Millfield) who was 6th in the final of the 400m freestyle.